Prescription Medicine Take Back Month


WHEREAS, the health and well-being of all Virginians is of great importance to the prosperity, happiness, and livelihood of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, throughout April, Virginia’s Community Services Board Prevention Services programs and their partners are raising awareness regarding monitoring, securing and proper disposal of unused or expired prescription medications; and

WHEREAS, throughout April, Community Services Boards, local pharmacies and community partners are disseminating information to encourage the safe use and handling of prescribed medications; and

WHEREAS, the nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a growing public health problem in the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia, where prescription drug abuse contributed to the deaths of 6.8 people per 100,000 in 2013; and

WHEREAS, violent crime and property crime associated with abuse and diversion of controlled prescription drugs has increased in all regions of the United States over the past five years; and

WHEREAS, adults are in a unique position to reduce access to prescription drugs by properly storing and disposing of medication; and

WHEREAS, the unsafe storage and improper disposal of prescription medication can result in accidental poisoning, and can harm our water system; and

WHEREAS, residents of the Commonwealth are urged to educate themselves about the proper use, storage and disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and to take advantage of this opportunity to clean their medicine cabinets;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2014 as PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE TAKE BACK MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.